The Black Fives Foundation works to research, preserve, showcase, and teach the pre-1950 history of African Americans in basketball while honoring its pioneers and their descendants.


We work with the pre-1950 history of African American basketball teams (the “Black Fives Era”) in order to:

  • promote educational advancement,
  • stimulate interest in history and the humanities,
  • teach leadership and character development,
  • enrich appreciation of culture and the arts,
  • build fitness and health awareness,
  • encourage community-based youth programming,
  • illuminate sports industry career opportunities,
  • advocate for the recognition of the era’s pioneers and their descendants, and,
  • enable these efforts through innovative uses of technology as well as via traditional means.